Robert Wadlow

Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 - 1940)

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Robert Pershing "Alton Giant" Wadlow
Born in Alton, Madison, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Died in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United Statesmap
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  • Known as the world's tallest man, Robert reached a height of 8' 11.1" (2.72 m).

Robert was born in Alton, Illinois in 1918 to Harold and Addie Wadlow.

He worked as a representative for a shoe company. [1]

Robert died at the age of 22 while staying in the Hotel Chippewa in Manistee, Michigan. He was buried in his hometown at the Oak Wood cemetery in Alton. [2]

[url=][img][/img][/url] [url=]Robert Wadlow postcard[/url] [Public domain], by linked from this webpage, from Wikimedia Commons


  1. US Census
  2. Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950. Accessed via [1]

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Robert and his father
Robert and his father


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